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Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619

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  1. Tips are payment for services. There are a lot of people out there, working hard, who rely on tips to produce the income on which they live. The tip system, for good or ill, is the system.


    To me, tips are an obligation, not a gift. A great waitress will get a big tip. A poor waitress will get a decent tip. I've never given less than 15%, for decades. And that's for mediocre service. 20%t for good service, and more for great service.


    Everybody has to make a living. Life is not easy for many in that business.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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  2. Everybody has his own take. For many people, it's not simple; they want to meet the obligation to help the poor, but don't want to contribute to addiction, etc.


    Several years ago, I was talking to a local parson, a very wise man who had been active in every communtiy charity over the years. He said what he did was keep a few five dollar bills on hand, and make the quick assessment that I mentioned, and give or not give the fiver accordingly. It sounded good to me, and I started doing it. 


    It's de minimus. My giving besides to church is a couple of very well-vetted charities. The street beggar thing is small, a few times a month, that's all. "When did we see you and not.....", etc.


    Just my personal approach.


  3. Well, there's more to the story. But a call by the sheriff saying he was threatened, which he later withdrew, produced a multi-officer response that became newsworthy it itself. 


    Anyway, the delivery man had been delivering the daily paper in the neighborhood for a long time. He wasn't nefarious. But the sheriff didn't take the paper, and apparently had not often been up at 3 in the morning....

  4. 1 hour ago, Rye Miles #13621 said:

    My question is do they really need it for food or do they just want it for booze or drugs? 


    You can never know for sure. I make a quick assessment, which may or may not be accurate, and then hand over a fiver to the one who 'passes'. Like Pat Riot, when I let go of the bill it's not mine anymore and I don't worry about it.

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  5. I was scammed twice out of ten bucks each, in one of the smoothest I've encountered; about 4 years ago.


    In a nearby neighborhood business district; a guy pulls up in a nice car, very well-dressed in business attire. I'm on the sidewalk; "Sir, this sounds strange, but I'm down from Seattle and left my wallet at home. Can you spare ten bucks for gas?" Sure, here's the ten bucks.


    Just two weeks later, in the Costco parking lot, a sharp-looking well- dressed lady rolls down the window of her BMW. Exactly the same lament. So I knew it was a scam, but I gave her the sawbuck anyway, she was so good-looking.


    True story. I figure you could make some real money that way. Never happened again.

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  6. A lot of people work at night. That doesn't make them suspicious.


    Our local sheriff (a good one and I am a supporter of his) got himself in a totally unneccessary problem a couple years back by calling for backup on the guy driving from house to house in his neighborhood at 4 a.m.; "suspicious".


    He was delivering the daily paper, as he had for years. Unfortunately, the sheriff wasn't a subscriber, so he didn't know him. Considerable difficulty ensued. Embarrasment was the very least of it.

  7. After a long drought and watching the shelves for years, I find that there now is lots of ammo and I have no trouble buying what I want. That's the reality.


    I'm surprised sometimes that guys click on these Youtube doom videos. Much less link to them elsewhere.


    And there are lots of countries that are not American that have been making and selling firearms before there was an America. They want to keep doing it. I've counted, and just over half of my guns were made by foreigners, in Italy, Belgium, Czech Republic, Turkey, Finland, at least.

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  8. For many years I've gone to Memorial Day services at the Fort Lewis Post cemetery. They have a perfect observation, one-half hour from color guard to 21 gun howitzer salute. Interrupted during the pandemic, but then resumed.


    It's a small, beautiful cemetery in the heart of the fort, surrounded by woods. It's a post cemetery, not the familiar big military cemetery; soldiers and their wives and children who've died on the post over the last century.


    There are flags on every grave at the ceremony. The German consulate for many years has placed contemporary German national flags on the graves of those POWs. As far as is known, they were ordinary infantrymen who died of natural causes during the War.

  9. Until recently, the Bass here carried a lot of gun magazines; the majors: Guns, Guns and Ammo, Shooting Times, and lot of the speciality ones, too.


    Then just a few months ago, they were all gone from the various racks, replaced by beef jerky and such.


    I asked the clerk where were all the magazines? Washington had recently passed a 'high capacity' ban. He talked about the law and such until I realized we were talking about different kinds of gun magazines.


    He couldn't explain it. I regularly bought Guns and G & A. I miss them, but I have no desire to subscribe. Don't now where else to buy them on the rack.

  10. One related thing:


    In former times, when parking places were tight, either on the street or in a parking lot, when you saw a driver get into his or her car, you could wait briefly while they pulled out, then take the place.


    Now, no way. People treat their parked cars like their kitchen or living room; pull out the smart phone and catch up on their social media or whatever. Who cares that somebody may need the space.


    I finally learned to quit waiting. Another lousy feature about contemporarly life-- and it's the old at least as much as the young.

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  11. Reservation rules can vary within the res. Big reservations like the Yakama have ordinary cities, towns, and highways on them. Tens of thousands of non-Indian residents and travelers covered by ordinary state laws. But then there are very large areas where only tribal members are even allowed to set foot.


    For example, one-third of Mt. Adams (one of the Cascade volcanos) belongs  to the Yakamas. You need their permit to hike through it if you are hiking around the mountain. And you stick to the trail.

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